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n. 1 Former title of a king in Benin 2 Now the title of a local chief in Nigeria


Ōba is a surname.

People with the surname:

  • Mahito Ōba
  • Ōba Kagechika
  • Sakae Ōba
Oba (ruler)

Oba is the word for King in the Yoruba language of contemporary West Africa Nigeria. Kings in Yorubaland are known as Obas, for example Oba Sijuade of Ile ife, Oba Aromoralan of Ijeshaland, Oba Adeyemi of Oyo.

Oba (Orisha)

Oba (known as Obá in Latin America) is the Orisha of the River Oba, whose source lies near Igbon, where her worship originates. During the wars of the 19th century, her centers of worship moved to the more secure town Ogbomosho. She is traditionally identified as the first wife of Shango (the third king of the Oyo Empire and an Orisha). Oba was tricked by Oya or Oshun into cutting off her ear and trying to feed it to Shango. She is syncretized with Saint Catherine of Siena.

Usage examples of "oba".

He also played the shama, the balfone, the corea, and the obaen, but of these instruments nothing remains except their names.